When children and families around the world are suffering through conflict, poverty and disaster, Mercy Corps is there to respond with lifesaving relief and long-term support.
We are on the ground in more than 40 countries, empowering people to survive crisis, build better lives and transform their communities for good. After an emergency, we work quickly to meet the urgent needs of survivors and give people the resources they need to build back even stronger.
Thanks to our global community of supporters and partners, we are able to help millions of families during their time of need — providing lifesaving assistance to Syrian refugees, reaching survivors after natural disasters like the earthquakes in Nepal, and distributing critical seeds and tools to displaced families in South Sudan.
Our response during and after emergencies ensures that people are empowered to strengthen their communities from within. Now, and for the future.
The Syria crisis
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As the war in Syria continues with no end in sight, the resulting humanitarian crisis has left millions of children and families suffering the consequences. We're working to support some 2.5 million people affected by the crisis, including around 470,000 people inside Syria whom we provide with lifesaving food and relief every month.
We have responded to almost every global natural disaster in the last 20 years, including the Hurricane in Haiti, the Nepal earthquakes, Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines, the Japan tsunami, the Haiti earthquake, the hunger crisis in the Horn of Africa, and the Indian Ocean tsunami.
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In 2015, two powerful earthquakes killed thousands and devastated Nepal. Historic sites tumbled, roads were blocked by dangerous landslides, and thousands of homes were destroyed. Our team responded quickly to deliver emergency supplies to those in need, and now they are working hard to make sure that the people of Nepal recover.
Families in conflict
Ongoing conflict brings more than just violence: it can compromise local food supplies, drive families from their homes and leave entire communities devastated for years to come.
Our seasoned emergency responders work through conflict in places like Yemen, Gaza, Ukraine, Iraq, South Sudan and the Central African Republic to distribute critical supplies, protect families uprooted by ongoing violence, and help communities rebuild.
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South Sudan has been in turmoil since political conflict erupted in 2013, just two years after the country gained its independence in 2011. Now, 1 in 3 people are displaced and millions are at risk of starvation. The ongoing conflict has thrown the country into chaos and devastated the economy and food supply.
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As forces battle to retake the Iraqi city of Mosul from ISIS, families in the region are bracing for the effects of more violence. Already hundreds of thousands of families have fled their homes due to fighting, and more may soon be forced to flee the city of Mosul, which is still home to roughly 1.5 million people.
Photo: Corinna Robbins/Mercy Corps
In the Lake Chad Basin, drought and massive displacement due to violence from Boko Haram are converging to create a dire humanitarian crisis. In Nigeria alone, roughly 4.4 million people are in need of food assistance and many children are suffering from severe malnutrition. It’s a complicated crisis, and we are still learning about the true consequences that this conflict will have on families in the areas where we work.
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How we work: Emergency response
As disasters increasingly strike families and children in vulnerable places around the world, Mercy Corps is there to provide lifesaving relief and help communities build back stronger.
Jordan, Lebanon, Syria: Q&A: How is the Syria crisis reshaping the Middle East?
More than 5 million Syrians have been forced to seek safety in neighboring countries. How will that change the fabric of the Middle East? Learn more in this Q&A with Mercy Corps' country directors for Lebanon and Jordan, George Antoun and Hunter Keith.
Syria: No way out: A Q&A on the violence overtaking Eastern Ghouta, Syria
Some of the worst violence seen in more than seven years of war is taking place right now in Syria’s Eastern Ghouta region. Learn more about what's happening and what our local partners are doing to help.
South Sudan, Uganda: In Uganda, two women form a friendship without borders
At Bidi Bidi refugee settlement in Uganda, see what happens when a South Sudanese refugee and a Ugandan woman unite to build better lives, together.
Partnering with Mastercard to provide cash and financial services
Mastercard actively supports Mercy Corps and our mission through innovative technology and products that we are able to incorporate into our global programming. Our partnership allows people we work with to get access to the cash and financial services they need to thrive.
How we work: Cash
Cash is one of the quickest ways to help people get back on their feet and on their way to recovery when crises strike. Whether in the form of vouchers, pre-paid debit cards, mobile transfers, paper money or cash-for-work, it's a direct way of supporting people who need it most.
DR Congo: Providing emergency services and brighter futures to displaced families in DRC
4.3 million people in Democratic Republic of Congo are internally displaced because of conflict. They can't go home, so Mercy Corps is working to make sure they have what they need to rebuild their lives.
Lebanon, Syria: I fled Syria on foot over the mountains with my four kids. This is my story.
When her husband disappeared and her kids went hungry, leaving Syria became her only option. Maram shares her first-person account of becoming a refugee.
United States: Quick facts: Hurricane Maria's effect on Puerto Rico
Get the quick facts about how Puerto Rico has been affected by Hurricane Maria, what Mercy Corps and partners are doing, and how you can help.
Helping communities recover faster after disaster
A study Mercy Corps implemented with JPMorgan Chase and the SEEP network found that two main factors drastically impact the speed and sustainability of community recovery. Learn more about what they are.